JAKE LAWLOR hailed the impact made by new manager Bryan Hughes and says Wrexham are "very capable" of winning the National League title.

Wrexham go into tomorrow's home game against Chesterfield unbeaten in five games and holding a two point lead over second placed Solihull Moors.

Four of those matches without defeat have come under Hughes, with Wrexham taking 10 points from a possible 12 to reinforce their promotion challenge.

The Reds boast one of the best defensive records in the division but it is in other areas of the pitch that centre-back Lawlor has witnessed progression since Hughes was unveiled as the third manager of the season on February 6.

"He has come in and done well," said Lawlor.

"He has made the lads, especially the attacking players and the midfield players, express themselves and taken the pressure off them.

"That has shown in the amount of goals we have scored."

There are 11 games remaining in Wrexham's quest to clinch a top-seven finish and Lawlor has set his sights on automatic promotion rather than just settle for a play-off spot.

"Hopefully come the end of the season, we can win the league," said Lawlor.

"That is the aim. We have just got to take each game as it comes, starting tomorrow, get the three points and then go to the next weekend.

"It is there for us if we want it.

"It would be very nice to win it outright which I think we are very capable of doing, especially with the run we are on, the goals we are scoring and the way we are playing.

"I think we are very capable at the minute."

But Lawlor won't be taking lowly Chesterfield, who scored an injury time equaliser in October's reverse fixture and have picked up since John Sheridan was appointed manager in January, for granted.

"Chesterfield are a good side on their day," said Lawlor. "We played them away early on in the season in one of my first few games and it was a tough task.

"We are expecting it to be another tough game tomorrow."

Lawlor has partnered Shaun Pearson in the heart of defence since joining Wrexham in September but the Reds captain has missed the last two games with a back injury.

Kieran Kennedy has earned rave reviews filling in for Pearson who could be available tomorrow, and Lawlor admits Hughes has a selection dilemma.

"Shaun is a massive player for us but Keiran has come in and he has done very well," said Lawlor.

"He was man of the match in his first game so that says it all.

"It is selection problems for the manager, obviously there are three of us to battle for them two spots and it is good with people chomping at the bit to play."

Tickets have been flying out and Lawlor is looking forward to playing in front of a bumper crowd.

"A few people have said they are expecting a lot to be there tomorrow," said Lawlor.

"When you run out on the field and you hear everyone cheering, then you start going forward and it picks the crowd up.

"You just want to play for them and as soon as you go ahead and get on top, they get behind the lads and it is a great feeling.

"I have played here a few times before and thought there are a lot of fans and stuff like that.

"But I have been taken aback by it.

"Just coming to the game on a matchday, there are that many fans just in their Wrexham shirts it is unbelievable."